Exploring chain, network and cluster collaborative practices:implications for SMEs

Matopoulos, Aristides, Vlachopoulou, Maro and Manthou, Vicky (2006). Exploring chain, network and cluster collaborative practices:implications for SMEs. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 3 (2), pp. 142-155.


Collaboration among enterprises has been rendered as one of the most important issues in the business agenda, either as a result of the globalisation and deregulation of markets or as a result of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution. Both factors have created a business reality where success in the collaboration practices followed, may result in improvements in the competitive position of enterprises. This paper starts from the basic business activity of the individual enterprise, looks into the chain, network and cluster collaborative practices and analyses their characteristics and the implications for Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In addition, it provides insights regarding the opportunities, benefits, requirements and risks related to each collaborative practice. This paper finally argues that different collaboration practices are required, as enterprises and the industrial sectors where they operate, present distinctive characteristics.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJNVO.2006.009531
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Systems & Management
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: Published in the International journal of networking and virtual organisation
Uncontrolled Keywords: chains,clusters,collaborative practices,enterprises,networks,small-medium enterprises (SMEs)
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Published Date: 2006
Authors: Matopoulos, Aristides ( 0000-0002-5083-0534)
Vlachopoulou, Maro
Manthou, Vicky



Version: Accepted Version

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